With spring approaching and concerns about Lake Ontario water levels, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging the federal government to implement emergency measures to protect communities from flooding.
Cuomo sent a letter to Col. Adam Czekanski, Buffalo district commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, requesting protections for 90 sites that are primarily along Lake Ontario or the St. Lawrence River. Many of these sites were affected by flooding in 2017, including Fair Haven Beach State Park in northern Cayuga County.
West Bay Road in the village of Fair Haven, which provides access to local marinas, also made the list submitted by Cuomo to the Army Corps of Engineers. High water levels approached the road during last year’s flooding and officials considered closing it if the situation worsened. But the road remained open for the duration of the spring and summer.